A Comparative Approach to Lineages among the Xiao Liangshan Nuosu and Han

Ann Maxwell Hill and Eric Diehls

in Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520219885
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935259 | DOI:
A Comparative Approach to Lineages among the Xiao Liangshan Nuosu and Han

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This chapter puts the Nuosu cvyi firmly in the orbit of comparative studies of social structure, showing the differences between patrilineal organization at the local level in Nuosu and in Han society. Nuosu lineage organization, it shows, is linked more to territorial organization, less to specific landownership. The Nuosu lineage does not cut across caste, of course, whereas in Han society, which has no castes, lineage organization cuts across class. And Nuosu lineages are more concerned at the collective level with marriage alliances than are the Han, for whom marriage is a matter of concern to the immediate and extended family, but not to wider kin groups: exactly the kind of difference people expect to find between a tribal and a state society.

Keywords: patrilineal organization; Nuosu cvyi; Nuosu language; Han society; territorial organization; marriage; tribal society

Chapter.  8170 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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